January was very cold, with particularly low temperatures and more than a week of snow. February and March were also cold but very dry, giving the vines plenty of time to rest: budbreak began on 14 April for Merlot and Cabernet Franc, 16 April for Cabernet Sauvignon.
The vegetation cycle continued with favourable moisture and temperature levels, though rain and inclement weather during the flowering period in June, which lasted almost three weeks, caused poor berry set due to coulure and millerandage.
Mid-flowering was reached on 12 June for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Warm and damp weather during the summer fostered diseases, though preventive treatment was able to halt them. The unevenness observed during berry set was repeated at veraison (mid-veraison was on 18 August), and insufficiently developed clusters had to be eliminated on the vine.
September was fine and unusually warm, enabling the vegetation cycle to continue under favourable conditions, but ripening was slow and gradual. More rain fell at the end of September and the beginning of October, further complicating an already capricious vintage. Fortunately, the use of a helicopter to dry the vines proved to be effective.Oenological sheet
The wine is a dark red, shading to orange at the rim, while the nose reveals notes of wax and fruit, especially raspberry and cherry, with aromas of humus and leather.
The attack is elegant, still with a touch of freshness. There is vanilla on the palate, the tannins are well-integrated, the texture is silky.
This is a beautifully harmonious wine, with a finish on ripe fruit and spice flavours.
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Hans Erni (1909 – 2015)Descriptive sheet